John Connor insists that the death penalty is not a deterrent, even for prisoners serving life without parole. He served as the special prosecutor in the Montana Attorney General's office, assisting on all death penalty cases for over 20 years.
The Commission voted 13-9 to recommend repealing the death penalty. The Commission was created by the Maryland legislature at the beginning of the year and tasked with studying all aspects of the death penalty in Maryland. Five public hearings were held with extensive testimony of those directly impacted by the death penalty.
The basic findings of the Commission are as follows:
Former Bexar County (TX) prosecutor congratulates the Maryland Death Penalty Study Commission on recommending repeal of the death penalty. He shares his experience of questioning whether one man he helped put to death was actually innocent.
The Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment has been holding hearings to examine all aspects of the death penalty in Maryland and will submit a report to the legislature by mid-December. Check out this interesting story about two members of the Commission. Vicki Scheiber's daughter was raped and murdered in 1998. Matt Campbell is a former prosecutor. Both oppose the death penalty. Click here to hear their stories.
Among the top stories recently has been the announcement that the U.S. government will seek the death penalty in trials of six Guantanamo detainees. The news was immediately followed by criticism. Here are some of the arguments against death: